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Family fun at Lincoln Castle

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 23, 2013

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Two Friesian horses called Boreas and Contessa will bring family fun to one event next week, while elsewhere a festival in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes a programme aimed at youngsters.

Firstly, Medieval entertainment will be on offer at Lincoln Castle for a three-day event that will include plenty of horsing around.

Angie Clay, site co-ordinator, says: "We will have medieval camps at the castle – on this occasion the John Nesfield's Retinue and Lincoln Castle Garrison."

John Nesfield's Retinue includes keen horsemen and women who will demonstrate period riding technique and skill at arms, with the armour and clothing of both horses and riders carefully researched to be authentic.

Angie adds: "The two horses they bring are called Boreas and Contessa, and along with various riders they will do demonstrations throughout the day.

"They came to us last year for our Diamond Jubilee event and the horses are beautiful Friesians. They went down really well. There are opportunities for visitors to get involved and cheer on their favourite ladies and knights."

Further excitement can be found at the medieval encampments when the horses are having a rest.

"A mummers play, a medieval version of a pantomime, is based on George and the dragon," says Angie. "Friends of Lincoln Castle will also be putting on tours – at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm. So it's a bit of something for everyone and we hope people come along to have fun."

May 25-27, 10am to 6pm (last entry 5.15pm). Normal entry fees apply: £6 adults; £4.50 concs/children (5-17); £16.50 family, two adults and up to three concs including children.)

Elsewhere, the second week of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival has been planned with families in mind as it coincides with the half-term holiday.

Taking place in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the surrounding countryside, the 16-day event, which kicked off on May 18, features a variety of walks from gentle strolls to more energetic hikes. Many also have local food, heritage or wildlife themes and most are free.

Chairman of the Festival Partnership, Stuart Parker, says: "There are several events during this second week of the festival especially suitable to encourage families to see the interesting heritage and landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It's a beautiful area to explore right on our doorstep.

"For example, on Tuesday, May 28 at 10.30am there is a three-mile stroll up at Water's Edge country park right on the bank of the River Humber. Also, a mini-beasts hunt at 2pm in the churchyard at Belchford."

On Wednesday, May 29 at 2pm, youngsters will have plenty of reasons to join a two-mile ice cream walk around the farm at Willingham Fayre, at North Willingham near Market Rasen.

"Then on Friday, May 31 at 10.30am a three-mile heritage walk looking at the site of the Battle of Winceby starts from Snipedales Nature Reserve near Horncastle," says Stuart. "And the Festival Finale at Market Rasen on Sunday, June 2 features a self-guided family trail exploring the town."

Visit www.woldswalkingfestival. co.uk or call Stuart on 01522 529585.

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